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Glissade Ballet


Jacklyn Dougherty Glissade [ glee-SAD ]. Glide. A traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction, the other foot closing to it. Glissade is a terre a terre step and is used to link other steps.  After a demi-plie in the fifth position the working foot glides along the floor to a strong point a few inches from the floor. The other foot then pushes away from the floor so that both knees are straight and both feet strongly pointed for a moment; then the weight is shifted to the working foot with a fondu. The other foot, which is pointed a few inches from the floor, slides into the fifth position in demi-plie. When a glissade is used as an auxiliary step for small or big jumps, it is done with a quick movement on the upbeat. Glissades are done with or without change of feet, and all begin and end with a demi-plie. There are six glissades: devant, derriere, dessous, dessus, en avant, en arriere, the difference between them depending on the starting and finishing positions as well as the direction. Glissade may also be done sur les pointes.  Glissade changee [ glee-SAD shahn-ZHAY ]. Glissade, changing. In this glissade the feet alternate each time in the fifth position; that is, if the R foot is in back in the fifth position and the glissade is done to the right, the R foot will finish in the fifth position front, and vice versa. See Glissade dessous; Glissade dessus.  Glissade derriere [ glee-SAD deh-RYEHR]. Glissade in back. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the back foot, which remains in the back at the finish. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee.  Glissade dessous [ glee-SAD duh-SOO]. Glissade under. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the front foot, which finishes at the back. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee.  Glissade dessus [ glee-SAD duh-SEW]. Glissade over. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the back foot, which finishes in the front. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.  Glissade devant [ glee-SAD duh-VAHN ]. Glissade in front. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the front foot, which remains in front at the finish. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.  Glissade en arriere [ glee-SAD ah na-RYEHR ]. Glissade backward. This glissade commences with the back foot and finishes with it in the back, traveling en arriere, croise en arriere or efface en arriere. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the fourth position back. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee. Note: In all glissades the heel of the commencing foot must be lowered to the floor before the heel of the closing foot.  Glissade en avant [ glee-SAD ah na-VAHN]. Glissade forward. This glissade commences with the front foot and finishes with it in the front, traveling en avant, croise en avant or efface en avant. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the fourth position front. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.  Glissade piquee [glee-SAD pee-KAY]. Glissade pricked. Same as glissade precipitee.  Glissade precipitee [glee-SAD pray-see-pee-TAY]. Glissade hurried. This is a quick glissade, about half the size of an ordinary glissade. It is always followed by a pose and the two steps together take the same amount of time as an ordinary glissade. Glissade precipitee is usually done devant or dessus but it may also be taken derriere, dessous, en avant and en arriere.  Glissade pressee [glee-SAD preh-SAY]. Glissade pressed, hurried. Same as glissade precipitee.  Glissade sur les pointes [glee-SAD sewr lay pwent]. Glissade on the toes. Fifth position R foot back. Demi-plie and slide the pointed R foot to the second position; step directly onto the point with straight knee and quickly close the L foot on point to the fifth position front. Demi-plie, lowering the heels to the floor. The glissade may be done dessous, dessus, devant, derriere, en avant and en arriere, in all directions of the body.
Jacklyn Dougherty

Glissade [ glee-SAD ]. Glide. A traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction, the other foot closing to it. Glissade is a terre a terre step and is used to link other steps.


After a demi-plie in the fifth position the working foot glides along the floor to a strong point a few inches from the floor. The other foot then pushes away from the floor so that both knees are straight and both feet strongly pointed for a moment; then the weight is shifted to the working foot with a fondu. The other foot, which is pointed a few inches from the floor, slides into the fifth position in demi-plie. When a glissade is used as an auxiliary step for small or big jumps, it is done with a quick movement on the upbeat. Glissades are done with or without change of feet, and all begin and end with a demi-plie. There are six glissades: devant, derriere, dessous, dessus, en avant, en arriere, the difference between them depending on the starting and finishing positions as well as the direction. Glissade may also be done sur les pointes.


Glissade changee [ glee-SAD shahn-ZHAY ]. Glissade, changing. In this glissade the feet alternate each time in the fifth position; that is, if the R foot is in back in the fifth position and the glissade is done to the right, the R foot will finish in the fifth position front, and vice versa. See Glissade dessous; Glissade dessus.


Glissade derriere [ glee-SAD deh-RYEHR]. Glissade in back. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the back foot, which remains in the back at the finish. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee.


Glissade dessous [ glee-SAD duh-SOO]. Glissade under. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the front foot, which finishes at the back. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee.


Glissade dessus [ glee-SAD duh-SEW]. Glissade over. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the back foot, which finishes in the front. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.


Glissade devant [ glee-SAD duh-VAHN ]. Glissade in front. This glissade travels to the side and is commenced with the front foot, which remains in front at the finish. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the second position. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.


Glissade en arriere [ glee-SAD ah na-RYEHR ]. Glissade backward. This glissade commences with the back foot and finishes with it in the back, traveling en arriere, croise en arriere or efface en arriere. Fifth position R foot back; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the fourth position back. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position front, lowering the heel and bending the knee. Note: In all glissades the heel of the commencing foot must be lowered to the floor before the heel of the closing foot.


Glissade en avant [ glee-SAD ah na-VAHN]. Glissade forward. This glissade commences with the front foot and finishes with it in the front, traveling en avant, croise en avant or efface en avant. Fifth position R foot front; demi-plie and slide the pointed toe of the R foot to the fourth position front. With a slight spring from the L foot, shift the weight to the R foot, bending the knee, and slide the pointed L foot to the fifth position back, lowering the heel and bending the knee.


Glissade piquee [glee-SAD pee-KAY]. Glissade pricked. Same as glissade precipitee.


Glissade precipitee [glee-SAD pray-see-pee-TAY]. Glissade hurried. This is a quick glissade, about half the size of an ordinary glissade. It is always followed by a pose and the two steps together take the same amount of time as an ordinary glissade. Glissade precipitee is usually done devant or dessus but it may also be taken derriere, dessous, en avant and en arriere.


Glissade pressee [glee-SAD preh-SAY]. Glissade pressed, hurried. Same as glissade precipitee.


Glissade sur les pointes [glee-SAD sewr lay pwent]. Glissade on the toes. Fifth position R foot back. Demi-plie and slide the pointed R foot to the second position; step directly onto the point with straight knee and quickly close the L foot on point to the fifth position front. Demi-plie, lowering the heels to the floor. The glissade may be done dessous, dessus, devant, derriere, en avant and en arriere, in all directions of the body.


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